The Kask Protone (£195) is a top end racing helmet designed to aid aerodynamics without impacting breathability.
Though Kask are working with Strongher on their women’s provision, they don’t make women’s specific models. This said, the general consensus is that women’s heads aren’t differently shaped – just smaller. Unfortunately the smallest size available (Medium – 52 to 58cm) in the Protone was still too large for our Editor’s head, so we sent Cat 2 racer and Norwood Paragon development rider Rosie Lethbridge out into the lanes of Surrey and Kent to put one to the test…
Words and pictures: Rosie Lethbridge
Kask is a brand with an excellent reputation and their Protone model is one of the most prominent helmets within the professional peloton. Having tested one out, it is clear to see why.
At first glance the helmet looks the business. Aero features, smooth geometry and curves fitting to all areas of the head with a variety of colours to match all your visual needs. The helmet is super light-weight for optimal comfort but also provides overall protection to the head, should you need it.
The Kask comes in at an incredibly light 230g. Although it boasts a very light body Kask uses an internal plastic sub-structure that increases crash protection which also helps to maintain the helmets integrity after collision. It is advised that after any crash or impact with any visible sign of damage helmets should be replaced, however. Which is of course a nice excuse to cheer yourself up with another Kask….
I have ridden with this helmet in both hot and cold weather conditions, the ventilation on hot days allows for the wind to breeze through allowing any heat to transfer away from your head keeping you cool. I never felt the need to opt for a cap on cold days but if you feel you need one the adjustment system works well and the extra layer would help to provide your head with extra warmth.